Football: Johns Hopkins to host mighty Mount Union in second round of NCAA playoffs

Purple Raiders have played in past 11 Division III national championship games

The Johns Hopkins football team rolled to a 42-21 victory against Randolph-Macon on Saturday in an NCAA Division III first-round playoff game.

Their reward? A second-round matchup with defending national champion Mount Union. The No. 6 Blue Jays (11-0) host the No. 8 Purple Raiders (10-1) at Homewood Field on Saturday at noon.

Mount Union has won the NCAA DIII national title 12 times since 1993 and played in 19 of the past 23 national championship games—including 11 consecutive Stagg Bowl appearances since 2005. The Purple Raiders defeated St. Thomas (Minn.) 49-35 in last year's final in Salem, Virginia.

This will be just the second all-time meeting between Johns Hopkins and Mount Union in football. The Purple Raiders topped the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 NCAA playoffs en route to the program's 11th national championship.

Johns Hopkins is making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA playoffs and the eighth appearance in school history; all eight trips have come since 2005. The Blue Jays are in the second round for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years.

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